Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of year again and I am in quite the Christmas-y spirit, I can't WAIT for the holidays this year. I've searched through dozens of holiday gift guides and best kids toy lists to come up with my very own. I tried to find things that are educational and fun, some montessori feel, and some just cool. These are all on my HL's xmas wish list!


Drum set from Plan Toys. I may regret this one later but my boy loves to bang and smash things and would get a hoot out of this drum set. I figure if we're going to introduce music it might as well be in a way that comes natural for him. I love that it is unusual looking and small... so that it may not be as loud as others... maybe...hopefully. $50.



Smart Snacks Sorting Shapes: Great matching and sorting game, similar to Fisher Price Oreo matching game that we have. It's also very reasonable about $15. Smart Snacks has some GREAT learning toys that are really fun, like ice cream cones to learn colors, and cookies in a jar to learn numbers, check them out!


Leapfrog TAG Junior. If you haven't seen this you're missing out. It may be a little advanced at this point for HL but it will be great for him as he gets closer to 2 or 3. This little doo-dad helps your toddler learn to read by saying things aloud as they place it on the book. Go watch the video on Leapfrogs website. Very cool! It will run you about $30.




Radio Flyer Retro Rocket. Ok this is too cute, a welcome addition to the standard wagon. A little on the pricey side, about $50,  but your kid would be the coolest toddler on the block rockin this thing. RF has a ton of cute ride on toys like the bumper car and roadster too.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Count & Sort Tree: $30 A cute take on a tradtional stacking or nesting toy. Helps your toddler with shape, number, and letter recognition. It goes along with the classic book. If you're a big fan of the boom boom book there are a whole slew of toys available.





 
Not your ordinary block set. These wooden blocks from Tegu have tiny magnets inside so they can be shaped into the coolest architectural structures incase you have a drafting genius on your hands. I am a big worry wart about magnets in toys because of the HUGE danger and awful stories I've seen as a nurse, but these would definitely ease my mind. And I'm always glad to see wooden toys staying popular in todays over plasticized world! By the way they're made of eco friendly wood, another plus. A minus, they aren't cheap, sets of 26 blocks run about $52.


Ze Super Zeros are absolutely adorable. I'm not a huge stuffed animal person but these plush guys are unique and send a cool message. Their slogan reads "hero friends whose super powers and problems blend. They have their pluses and minuses too, they're super special just like you." Each character has it's super power like "I'm a super climber" and a flaw "But I am scared of heights." What a great message!







Streamliner classic wooden cars from Playsam. Aren't they the coolest looking, much better than a boring Hotwheels car! Playsam makes similar airplanes, buses, rockets, rally cars and more. My only complaints are that the cars aren't intended for children 3 and under because of the small wheel parts and the fact that cool modern toys are expensive ($40 each choke). I think I'd like them just as decoration in his room if nothing else.

Multi use art easel from P'Kolino. This one rocks because it has a ton of uses. It can be used as a blackboard, dry erase board, and even a puppet theater. And my favorite part, it folds flat to be stored away easily! A good investment considering what you get and the length of use (I can remember my parents snatching my art easel to play Pictionary on adult night at our house). $100.


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